May 22nd, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Video of North Carolina pastor's plan to 'get rid of' gays goes viral

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Video of a North Carolina pastor preaching that gays and lesbians should be rounded up inside an electric fence is going viral on the Internet, two weeks after North Carolina passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama voiced personal support for legalizing such marriages.

"I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn't get it past the Congress," Pastor Charles L. Worley can be seen telling his Providence Road Baptist Church congregation in the video, which had more than 250,000 YouTube views by Tuesday.

"Build a great big, large fence - 50 or a 100 miles long - and put all the lesbians in there,” Worley went on to say in his May 13 sermon at his Maiden, North Carolina, church. “Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

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The video had initially been posted on Providence Road’s website but was recently taken down, according to CNN affiliate WBTV-TV in Charlotte.

The phone line at Worley’s church was busy on Monday night and on Tuesday, as was Worley’s home number on Tuesday.

The church’s website was down Tuesday morning, but it had described the house of worship as fundamentalist, meaning it represents a Baptist tradition that's more conservative than the Southern Baptists.

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Worley’s sermon was posted on YouTube by a group called Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, which is organizing a protest at the Providence Road Baptist Church on Sunday.

Addressing his congregation last Sunday, Worley referred to his earlier controversial sermon.

"I talked a little bit, I believe it was last Sunday, on the homosexual lifestyle, and there was a whole lot of people who didn't like what I said," Worley told his congregation Sunday, according to WBTV. "I want to read it out of the Bible, and then we'll go from there."

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“Listen, all of the Sodomites, the lesbians, and all of the ... what's that word? Gays - I didn't wanna say 'queers' - that say we don't love you, I love you more than you love yourself,” Worley said, according to WBTV. “I'm praying for you to be saved."

Worley’s initial sermon was partly framed as a response to Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, which he made in a TV interview a day after North Carolina voters passed a state constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of such marriages and other types of gay unions.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, was working Tuesday to gather criticism of Worley’s comments from other North Carolina pastors.

“I am angry and sick at heart over Pastor Worley's comments,” said the Rev. Dennis Teall-Fleming, pastor at Open Hearts Gathering in Gastonia, North Carolina, in a statement distributed by GLAAD.

“Nothing he says has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Teall-Fleming, who leads a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation. “I call on all Christian and Baptist organizations that have any connection with him to condemn his comments as strongly as I do, including Providence Road Baptist Church of Maiden.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Homosexuality • North Carolina

soundoff (5,806 Responses)
  1. tendertype

    Between this lunatic and passing the amendment, I am ashamed to be living in NC right now...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Maverick

      Well then pack up your stuff and move to California.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Dose of realisim

      I thinking about relocating there.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Oh Really

      maverick – Be careful what you wish for.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • David M

      Well, interstates 85 and 95 both go north-south. Interstate 40 goes east-west.

      But seriously, wherever you go you can easily find bigots. Moving does not solve that.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  2. fekt

    Explain to me why they are tax exempt.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • BosMonkey

      I wonder that myself. :/

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  3. Debbie

    This is not of God. This is pure Evil using deceit in the name of religion against God. Spewing hate is never from God. If you are sitting in a Church pew anywhere and the tone spewing is hate it is not from God. Satan is very clever and many are deceived. I pray for the souls of those being deceived by Satan.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Dennis

      As far as can be determined the concept of a "god" is manmade. Man created god in his own image for whatever purpose. An easy out for personal failures I suppose, or maybe an excuse to stop thinking. The bible is great for a guide to allow different people to live with minimal stife, it has centuries of tribal customs that have proven to work for the species. Just like the collections of tribal rules from other areas of the world used as a personal belief system (except for muslim of course). Use the belief system as a guide to live by but dont get to wrapped up in the god/satan thingy.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  4. EGB2

    Typical fat Southerner. They should start taxing these so-called churches that emesh themselves in politics.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  5. Suzan


    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  6. ChristopherM

    At least this guy is being honest. These people don't just want to prevent us from getting married, holding a job, or renting an apartment. They want no less than our complete and utter extinction. The problem for them is, their straight families keep making more of us. The bigots will die out long before we do, and we don't have to intern them in concentration camps.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  7. Sal

    And that is the reason I have no respect for any religion. They are all a bunch of hypocrites, and the baptists are the worst. 

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    The Christians and the Muslims will be the start of World War 3 – whatever creed you are... get ready, they want us all to die !

    May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  9. rafael

    and we still think that white peoples are smart,what a joke,maybe he is not gay but a child molester.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Those that are loudest about something they don't like are usually the loudest because they are that thing and dont like themselves.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  10. Herm

    Please stop blaming CNN for things to go viral its called the internet. And there is no excuse to have these people represent the church with their hatred

    May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  11. Johnny Mo

    Why is this news?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  12. Daisyy

    How dare you call yourself a Christian! Makes every Christian look dowrn right stupid and ignorant. Our faith is based off of love and tolerance. Words cannot express my disappointment for the intolerance of some people. You should be ashamed of youself.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • zach

      He is following his Bible. Don't pretend Christianity is all about love and tolerance, read the book.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • ryan

      No TRUE Scotsman!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Patrick

      @zach Actually the modern Christian faith is supposed to be built around love and tolerance. These bigoted pastors are pulling garbage from the old testament to justify their ignorant stances. It's individuals like this pastor, and those of his ilk, who push reasonable Christians away from the church. Myself included.

      What a monster.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Craig Doug

      Gay is not the way!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  13. costas cacaroukas

    I hope this pastor also speaks out against eating pork, shrimp, crabs, lobster, clams, etc. since the Bible says so.
    And also wearing cloth made from blends is against the Bible. Looking forward to his speech on this topic.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Andrew

      Oh oh oh, you can also beat your wife and children with a switch as long as it isn't as wide as your thumb, the so called "rule of thumb."

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  14. Cleetus

    Typical fat religious turd...go away to Jesus and be happy, so will we

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  15. jady

    i can't believe it's 2012 and if it were up to these same people who discriminate against gays, Blacks still wouldn't have rights in this country.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Dose of realisim

      You are completely out of your mind comparing civil right to gays rights

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Amber L.

      @Dose of realism People who are against gay marriage are discriminating against a group of people; which is also considered a civil rights issue. It's politically correct to claim the fight for gay marriage as a civil right.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  16. Melodykari78

    When I was 14 my Dad bought a small airport in Oklahoma and we moved 'down south'. One day a bunch of pilots were sitting around the FBO, drinking coffee and talking when I heard this man with a deep drawl say "..well, all them n*ggers...". My jaw must have hit the floor. It was normal conversation and business as usual.

    There was one openly gay teenager at my high school and he was black. I don't even think I need to tell you how life was for him.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Melodykari78

      BTW, town of about 10,000 people and over 30 Christian churches.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  17. Jim29

    All gays should be given free a cordless bungee jump off a tall bridge

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • James PDX

      And all bigots and hypocrites should test the safety of said jump for them, which should pretty much rid us of all politicians and fake Christians.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • prideworks

      NOT ONE of the Ten Commandants has "unless you're gay" attached to them...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Jim Is Awesome

      Jim, kill yourself. Really. Come on Jimmy. Jut do it. You ever see those monks set themselves on fire? They do it as the ultimate sacrifice in protest. Protest against the gays Jimmy. Light a match. Sit in the middle of a street in San Francisco (where all the gays are) and burn yourself. There is a spot in heaven waiting for you. Do it quick. It'll be worth it. Do it, Jimmy. Do it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • txjew

      You first.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • look at you

      Nice job being an open bigot in a public forum...go out there an be somebody!


      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • steelers1981

      Jim29: we know you're gay. It's alright. Come on out of the closet.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  18. hugh harvey

    Next the good Baptist reverend will be advocating putting blacks, Mexicans, latinos, hispanics, Italians, French and all of the "colored" races inside those fences.

    Religious bigots have always used their version of their bible to discriminate against lesser races and people who do not subscribe to their religious idiocy.!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • AD

      Nah, I don't think so. You just don't get it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Linda Cate

      I don't think I have ever seen something that has made me so enraged . How dare this man call himself a "Man of God "!!!!! He is nothing but a hate monger . Hopefully he will reap what he has sown in the afterlife , when he is called before God to answer for his actions and words . And the same goes to you "Jim 29" !!!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  19. Eli

    Jesus said, "Love thy neighbor". Period.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • foresee

      Not if Satan lives next door! Get really people and read the bible for youselves.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • James PDX

      What, you can't love your neighbor through an electrified fence? 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • AD

      True, but He also said alot more that that. You're only hearing part of it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • David M

      Exactly. Too bad that seems to be lost on this so-called "pastor".

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Eli

      Love thy neighbor–straight and gay, rich and poor, young and old, black and white. This man is not a Christian, nor does he know the bible. God made us all so very different to teach us patience and tolerance. Love thy neighbor. That is the Christian way.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  20. foresee

    So many confused people with their Christian hate. ACTUP is a peaceful group, huh? So many brainwashed by government and schools.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • AD

      Christians are to love one another. To love the sinner, but hate the sin.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Geoffrey

      Two wrongs don't make a right.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
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